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Traffic Playgrounds

  • What is a traffic playground?

    Traffic playgrounds are fun spaces for kids and families to learn the rules of the road away from street traffic. Bring scooters, bicycles, wheelchairs or feet!

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    • Traffic playgrounds looks like a small version of Gresham's streets. There are travel lanes, crosswalks, stop signs and places to visit like parks, businesses, schools and neighborhoods. Be creative in how you use them. 

    • Traffic Playground Locations
    • Traffic Skills to Practice
    Traffic Playground Locations

    Pat Pfeifer Park
    424 NE 172nd Ave.
    Striped travel lanes, crosswalks and more to practice traffic safety; educational messages.

    When visiting a traffic playground please remember:

    • Always wear a helmet when riding bikes, scooters and skateboards
    • If the area is full or crowded, please come back later.
    Traffic Skills to Practice

    For people walking

    • Pedestrians have the right-of-way. But always look both ways before crossing in the crosswalk.
    • Make eye contact. Give people on wheels time to stop for you before entering the crosswalk.

    For bicycles, scooters and wheelchairs

    • Stop at stop sings. Look left, right, and left again before going.
    • Always ride on the right side of the road.
    • Look for people in the crosswalk and let them cross before you.
    • Practice using hand signals to show which way you're going. 

    Activity ideas

    • Be a bus or MAX driver or transit rider. Where will you go in the neighborhood?
    • Practice bike hand signals. How steady can you ride with one hand? How far?
    • Have a neighborhood scavenger hunt. Pick different locations around the traffic playground (school, grocery store, etc.) and use proper rules of the road to get there.
    • Right-of-way game. Choose who will be a pedestrian, emergency vehicle or regular vehicle and follow the rules of the road accordingly. Everyone yields for emergency vehicles; regular vehicles yield to pedestrians. Change up who gets to play each role.
    • Make believe. Just have fun!   
  • Contact

    Safe Routes to School coordinators or